Boxing has been contested at the Summer Olympic Games since St. Louis 1904, with the exception of the 1912 Stockholm Games. Women’s boxing wasn’t introduced until the 2012 London Games. Competitions are organized by weight classes, which have changed over the years. Currently, there are 8 weight classes for men and 5 for women.
Boxing champions from the United States include Eddie Eagan, who won a gold medal at the 1920 Games and George Foreman, who won the heavyweight gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks and Leon Spinks won gold medals at the 1976 Games and later became world boxing champions.